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    Yep. Been there, done that, got the merit badge.

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    Yep, learned it in Scouts. Also, how to keep them inflated as they do tend to leak.
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    Torn jeans result in drown hippies and fashionistas
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    We always said that the aircrew survival vests we wore would instantly become weight belts if the zippered LPU's that were attached failed to inflate! Those vests were heavy w/ a PRC-90, survival knife, pen-gun flares, side arm, etc. I doubt that those LPU's would keep you afloat if you were wearing the "chicken plate" armor which is why we usually sat on them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    The Navy taught me this in Boot Camp in 1963. The expensive worn & torn jeans do not work well.
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    I tried it. Didn't work worth a damn.

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    They work exactly as designed.

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    I never felt the need to deploy such tactic.....


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    Probably should mention that it doesn't just work with jeans, should be able to do that with any material with a tight weave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    Probably should mention that it doesn't just work with jeans, should be able to do that with any material with a tight weave.
    And certain bikini tops and bottoms.

    (I can't swear to this but it would sure make waiting for rescue a lot more enjoyable.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    We always said that the aircrew survival vests we wore would instantly become weight belts if the zippered LPU's that were attached failed to inflate! Those vests were heavy w/ a PRC-90, survival knife, pen-gun flares, side arm, etc. I doubt that those LPU's would keep you afloat if you were wearing the "chicken plate" armor which is why we usually sat on them!
    Very dense ceramic plating. Great nut-plates. :)

    As for the survival vests, I always thought they were a little lacking. I carried a small fanny pack and a medium day bag into which I crammed far more useful items. You know -- like a modern knife...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    We always said that the aircrew survival vests we wore would instantly become weight belts if the zippered LPU's that were attached failed to inflate! Those vests were heavy w/ a PRC-90, survival knife, pen-gun flares, side arm, etc. I doubt that those LPU's would keep you afloat if you were wearing the "chicken plate" armor which is why we usually sat on them!
    The real fun with those began when you got the flotation pouch caught on the door lock post while blindfolded upside down at the bottom in the helo dunker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    The real fun with those began when you got the flotation pouch caught on the door lock post while blindfolded upside down at the bottom in the helo dunker.
    Did you not have an equalization tube between halves you could close then float sideways? :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    The Navy taught me this in Boot Camp in 1963. The expensive worn & torn jeans do not work well.
    The Marines used the same concept with utility uniform we wore at the time.
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